Back to the future
Rail Express|August 2020
British Railways introduced the stylish Blue Pullman trainsets 60 years ago and, while ultimately short-lived, they heralded a move out of the steam age into a diesel-powered future.
JULY 4, 1960 saw the first ‘BluePullman’ sets enter service with British Railways and, as these publicity shots from the time show, what a vision of the future they must have been in a world still dominated by steam.

The trains came out of the 1955 Modernisation Plan and the need for luxury express services. They were formed in fixed formations of two power cars sandwiching a rake of stock, much like the HSTs of the following decade that are now arguably Britain’s most successful train.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM RAIL EXPRESSView All

LNER puts remaining ‘91s' into warm store

The ongoing pandemic restrictions and major engineering works have resulted in the complete withdrawal of the last remaining ‘Electras’ from passenger service, although the plan is to resurrect them in the summer.

3 mins read
Rail Express
March 2021

Mk.1 Restaurant-Buffet (RBR) cars

A SURPRISING number of Mk.1catering cars have survived to see service on the privatised railway, in private operator and charter trains. They may turn up on anything from an enthusiast special to higher-end dining trains and have been formed in trains as prestigious as the locomotive-hauledBlue Pullman’ set, the ‘Great Britain’ tours operated by West Coast Railways and the ‘Northern Belle’ tour train.

2 mins read
Rail Express
March 2021

Powerscene

Our authoritative class-by-class review of newsworthy locomotive workings.

10+ mins read
Rail Express
March 2021

End for Freightliner Class 86/6s

The company’s Class 86/6 fleet down to just two examples as seven locos are stored.

1 min read
Rail Express
March 2021

Service reductions as Covid cases increase

An increase in Covid-19 cases in early January saw the governments in Ireland and Northern Ireland impose stricter lockdown measures that impacted on public transport.

6 mins read
Rail Express
March 2021

East West Rail funding go-ahead

Although it was expected, £760 million of funding has now been confirmed to build the Western Section of the East West Railway scheme.

3 mins read
Rail Express
March 2021

Class 92 revolution

Despite its complex shape and high detail ratio compared to other modern six-axle locomotives, Revolution Trains chose the Class 92 to be its first 'N' gauge locomotive model.

7 mins read
Rail Express
March 2021

Travellers-Fare with Hornby's Mk.1 Restaurant-Buffet car

Hornby expands its range of retooled ‘OO’ gauge Mk.1 coaches with a brand new tooling for the Diagram 24 Restaurant-Buffet car (RB) and the Diagram 33 refurbished version (RBR). It models the vehicles in both original form, finished in BR maroon and Southern Region green, together with the RBR refurbished coaches. They remained in frontline service well into the 1990s, including Cross-Country workings.

4 mins read
Rail Express
March 2021

Bottling it!

A dig into the Rail Express archive has revealed some rarely-seen photographs of the former rail-connected Express Dairy bottling plant in South West London, which today is the site of a large mosque.

2 mins read
Rail Express
March 2021

1990s ‘N' gauge Class 950

Work on the ‘N’ gauge Class 950 Track Recording Unit project, a conversion based on a standard Graham Farish Class 150/1 model, is concluded by finishing the model in 1990s condition.

8 mins read
Rail Express
March 2021
RELATED STORIES

Hands Off My Football Team!

The European Super League followed a model shaped in the U.S. Opposition from fans scuttled the idea

5 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
April 26 - May 03, 2021 (Double Issue)

Awl

“Awl” is from a series titled “Words I Did Not Understand.” Through memory—“the first screen of nostalgia”—and language, a writer pieces together her story of home.

10+ mins read
World Literature Today
Winter 2021

.222 Super

A Very Special Custom Martini Cadet

10 mins read
Rifle
Varmint Rifles & Cartridges Fall 2020

Caring for Your Loved Ones with COVID-19 at Home

Much has been reported about severe cases of COVID-19, but what about those who may be experiencing mild or lesser symptoms and are not in situations where they have to be hospitalized?

1 min read
The Best of Times
July 2020

AUTO ART

This year marks the 50th anniversary of my fascination with drag racing. During that time I have taught myself to draw, paint and make models of dragsters.

2 mins read
HOT CARS
Vol 4, Issue No.11, Spring 2020

The Postman's Hymn

Finish this shift, get to the next job, study for midterms, practice the sheet music for church, tuck Matt into bed….

3 mins read
Mysterious Ways
Apr/May 2020

AUTO ART

This year marks the 50th anniversary of my fascination with drag racing.

2 mins read
Model Car Builder
Vol 4, Issue No. 10, Spring 2020

The World's Favorite Drug

The dark history of how coffee took over

10 mins read
The Atlantic
April 2020

VULCANIZED

Stronger, Harder and Tougher Than the Original Version

4 mins read
Street Trucks
March 2020

Un Western moderno en Birmingham

‘Peaky Blinders’: venganza, redención y rock & roll

10+ mins read
Rolling Stone - México
Octubre 2019